Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts are the perfect blend of salty and sweet! Served with a Worcestershire-based sauce, these tiny, savory treats will be a hit at your next party or holiday dinner!
Who doesn’t love bacon?! I know I do. These Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts are a sweet and savory bite with a beautiful crunch that’s perfect for every and any party you throw!
I have been making these for over 30 years! I am sure this came off of the back of a product, but it’s been a minute since I last saw it anywhere near a product package.
This is a perfect snack for tailgating, game day parties, New Year’s parties — you name it! I have been known to serve these at Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and even Christmas day while the holiday meal is cooking.
This is not your standard Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts recipe. The dipping sauce has no BBQ sauce, grape jelly, or ketchup!
The sauce only has a few ingredients that you might already have on hand — soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, butter, mustard, and brown sugar. And don’t forget the water chestnuts!
These come out best when they’re made with thinly sliced bacon. Thick sliced bacon can be used, but it takes much longer to cook and adds to the cost of making.
Ready-to-eat bacon from the store can also be used here since it is still pliable. This will reduce your baking time but also increase the cost.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN
This Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnut recipe can be made a million different ways!
You can add some chili sauce or sriracha to the dipping sauce if you want a little more heat. Add some jalapeño slices if you want to add heat to the actual chestnut rather than just adding heat to the sauce.
You could even marinade your water chestnuts in additional soy sauce, but this is going to produce a mighty salty finished product!
If you add chicken liver and green onions, you can make rumaki with a different spin on the traditional teriyaki sauce!
If you don’t like water chestnuts, you could even wrap a pineapple piece or a date! The sauce is versatile and goes with just about anything you would wrap in bacon.
TIPS AND TRICKS
You can easily double and triple this recipe! It can also be reduced by half if you are only cooking for a few. The only real limit on this is the size of your baking dish and the time required to individually wrap the water chestnuts.
A trick for getting the toothpick through the water chestnut is to use the fancier toothpicks that have one blunt end.
- It is so much easier when you can push on the end rather than try to slide it in with the middle because of the pointed ends.
- Try and get as close to the center of the chestnut as possible, otherwise, they might split. If this happens, just wrap the bacon tighter and try to skewer it in a manner in which both halves are anchored by the toothpick.
Use a foil-lined pan for easier clean-up. If not, you may find you need to soak your baking pan to get the burnt bacon grease off.
I would not make this in a crockpot or slow cooker but they can be kept warm that way!
- Put the baked water chestnuts into the slow cooker and set the heat to warm.
- Pour the sauce into the bottom of a slow cooker before placing the cooked bacon-wrapped water chestnuts in the slow cooker, toothpicks all facing up.
- You can pour the sauce over the top, I just find this makes for sticky toothpicks and fingers.
I always cook these in the oven, but someone with more patience than I could grill them over medium-low heat or even smoke them.
Unfortunately, this is not a recipe you can freeze. The texture will not be the same.
Once you have assembled them, you can keep them in the refrigerator for a few days in a sealed container.
- I just wouldn’t do this too many days in advance as your bacon will start to lose its color and its freshness, the same as an open package of bacon would.
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Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine brown sugar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and butter in a small saucepan. Heat over low, stirring occasionally until blended. Keep warm until ready to serve.
- Drain chestnuts and rinse with water, drain again.
- Take 1 short strip of bacon and wrap around 1 chestnut. Carefully push a toothpick through the ends of the bacon strip and chestnut.
- Line a baking sheet with sides with foil and spray foil with baking spray. Place wrapped chestnuts on a baking sheet. Place in oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until bacon is done to your liking.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving, the chestnuts will retain a lot of heat in the centers.
- Serve with sauce for dipping or place in a slow cooker set to warm setting and pour sauce over the chestnuts to keep warm.
- Alternately, you can use a broiler pan. Spray bottom portion of the pan with baking spray, place the top on the broiler pan and spray top with baking spray. Place chestnut on top of the pan using the slats as holders for toothpicks.